Originally created 08/21/05

Across Georgia



Land mine in Iraq kills Fort Stewart soldier

POCOMOKE CITY, MD. - A Fort Stewart soldier with ties to the Eastern Shore has been killed in Iraq.

The mother of 24-year-old Army Staff Sgt. Jeremy Doyle said her son was one of four men killed Thursday when their Humvee hit a land mine in the Iraqi city of Samarra.

Debbie Grove, of Pocomoke City, Md., said she last talked to her son three weeks ago. Ms. Grove said her son told her he wanted to come home.

Staff Sgt. Doyle had been in Iraq since January and was based at Fort Stewart in Georgia. Base officials did not immediately return phone calls for comment Saturday. A Department of Defense spokesman could not confirm Staff Sgt. Doyle's death Saturday evening.

His family says that he leaves a behind a wife, Leah, and that he will be buried in Indiana.

Talk with lawyer ends standoff in Roswell

ROSWELL - A woman who warned police she was armed as she barricaded herself in her suburban Atlanta home was arrested Friday, authorities said.

Bernadette Allen faces two counts of making terroristic threats and acts, two counts of felony obstruction and two counts of aggravated assault on a police officer.

Police say Ms. Allen faces foreclosure on her home in an affluent neighborhood north of Atlanta.

The standoff began when locksmith Bryan Doss, who was hired by authorities, was picking the lock to enter the house. Ms. Allen yelled, "Leave me alone," and opened the blinds to reveal a pistol, Mr. Doss said.

Ms. Allen surrendered peacefully after she spoke with her attorney, police said.

Employee at tax office took money, police say

JEFFERSON - A six-year employee of the Jackson County Tax Commissioner's Office is charged with taking tax money to pay for license plate renewals, according to authorities and court records.

Christie Lynn Beck, 35, of Jefferson, faces a felony charge of theft by conversion by a government employee. She took $160.05 in taxes for a 1994 Toyota pickup and a 2001 Ford Taurus, according to an Aug. 8 arrest warrant.

Fifth official resigns from city government

GARDEN CITY - The revolving door at Garden City's City Hall has taken another spin.

City Administrator David Aldrich resigned abruptly this week after a little more than 14 months on the job.

At least five other city officials have departed since June 2002. Four were fired or left under pressure.

The city council had voiced concerns about Mr. Aldrich's performance about a month ago but decided to give him time to improve.